When I tell people I photograph cars using a rig, usually the first question I get is "what is a rig ?". So over the next few paragraphs I'm going to tell you. A rig is basically a camera support that has been secured or "rigged" to the car. There are many different types of automotive rig but I'll explain to you the setup I use and why.
The rig I use has a long pole secured to the car via two suction cups and the camera secured to the end of the pole. This allows me to create shots with an amazing sense of speed like the one below.
Is it Safe ? Yes, the shoots all take place at low speed, usually only 2/3 mph ( or less ) which allows us to constantly monitor and secure the rig. As you probably know, anything that makes contact with your paint work has a chance of damaging it. The suction cups should not damage your paint but may require a little buff once we are finished. Why so slow ? You don't need to travel at great speed to create the super effects in rig photography, sometimes just pushing the car two or three feet is all thats needed...
So there you have it, the very basics of rig photography, what it is and why I use what I do. I hope this helps answer some of your questions and don't forget to contact Ben Whitehead Photography for more info or to book your shoot.